20 + Best Things to Do in Tri-Cities TN in July

Enjoy your lazy summer days with these fantastic things to do in Tri-Cities TN in July. From outdoor movies and festivals to u-pick adventures and concerts, you’ll find all the top ideas right here.

Best of all, this big list of activities in Tri-Cities TN is sure to help you create memories that last a lifetime.

Happy father and son relaxing together on hammock, representing Things to do in July in Tri-Cities TN

Fun Things to Do in Tri-Cities TN in July

Discount Movie Deals

July will be the last month you can take advantage of local summer movie deals at AMC. These discounted movies include older kid-friendly films that the whole family can enjoy together.

Blueberry Picking

Another popular activity taking place in July is blueberry picking. Several local farms offer both blackberries and blueberries, so you may be able to pick some of each.

Free Outdoor Concerts

Cuddle up on a blanket and enjoy a free evening concert as the sun goes down.

keep it cheap by bringing a cooler of your own food. Or even better, support a local business by grabbing food from a food truck or local restaurant.

Plan a Beach Vacay

There are still plenty of hot summer days left for a fantastic beach vacation. Our big list of beaches near Johnson City TN can help you find the picture-perfect location.

July 4th Events

Celebrate Independence Day in style with this fun guide to fireworks and festivals.

Summer Swimming Spots

There’s still time to check out one of our local swimming holes. Boone Lake Beach and Blue Hole Falls are 2 popular options. Please remember there are no lifeguards at these locations and swimming is at your own risk.

Check out these amazing local swimming pools and splash pads, AKA mini waterparks, for more traditional swimming options.

Happy kids eating watermelon.

July Events in Tri-Cities TN

Food Truck Friday

Fridays in July 2023
Johnson City Medical Center Parking Lot

Check out the area’s best food trucks all month long at Food Truck Fridays. Trucks will rotate each week. This is a fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House.

Bluegrass in Boones Creek

Saturdays in July 2023
Boones Creek Opry
$2 per person

Come on out to enjoy a dirt-cheap bluegrass concert every Saturday night. Then stay for the open mic session that follows.

You can even bring your own instrument if you’d like to fill a spot on stage.

City Craft Corner

July 1, 2023
Depot City Church, Johnson City

Depot City Church is hosting a free kids’ craft painting project just in time for July 4th. Participants will create an adorable firework painting. All necessary supplies will be provided.

Snacks and drinks will also be provided, but guests are encouraged to bring a bagged lunch.

Jonesborough Days

July 1-2, 2023
Downtown Jonesborough
FREE Admission

At Jonesborough Days guests will enjoy a parade, tons of arts and crafts vendors, live music, kids’ activities, a pie-eating contest, a watermelon social, a cornbread contest, and tons of other activities your whole family will love!

Mountain City Sunflower Festival

July 8, 2023
Downtown Mountain City, TN
FREE Admission

The Sunflower Festival is Mountain City’s largest event and it draws visitors from far and wide.

In addition to gorgeous sunflowers, the festival will feature craft vendors, live music, a kids’ zone, a car show, a pageant, food trucks, and more!

East TN Tractor Pull

July 8, 2023
697 Caney Creek Rd, Rogersville

Head on over to Rogersville for a fun tractor pull with food and craft vendors.

Kids’ Under the Sea Paint Class

July 11, 2023
Greene County Makers, Greeneville

Kids ages 8 and up will make an adorable under-the-sea-themed canvas painting.

Fun Fest

July 14-22, 2023

The Kingsport Fun Fest is the largest event of the month and one of the most popular all year.

It features a hot air balloon glow, multiple concerts, block parties, a parade, a street fair, a kids’ zone, an art show, and much, much more!

There will also be a special appearance by the Budweiser Clydesdales. General admission is free, but individual events may have an admission charge.

Kids’ Craft Day

July 15, 2023
Johnson City Farmers Market
FREE Admission and Table Reservation

This day shines a spotlight on kid-preneurs. Kids can sign up for FREE to sell their homemade craft and farm products at the market.

Even if you don’t have kids, please consider visiting the market on this day to support our youngest community members.

Gem and Mineral Show

July 15-16, 2023
Bays Mountain Park and Planetarium, Kingsport
FREE Admission

If you or your kiddos are into Geology or like collecting rocks, you don’t want to miss the annual Gem and Mineral Show.

There will be a variety of displays and demonstrations throughout the day as well as vendors and concessions.

Crazy 8s and Little 8s Run

July 15, 2023

This event will feature an 8k run, a 3k run, and a fun kids’ run for the littles. Packet pick-up will be at the Civic Auditorium. The starting line is at Dobyns-Bennett High School.

Lazy Days of Summer Handmade Market

July 16, 2023
Kingsport Farmer’s Market
FREE Admission

The farmer’s market will transform into a makers’ market with over 50 artisan vendors at this event. There will be crafters, artists, bakers, makers, and more!

English Country Dancing

July 16, 2023
Sycamore Shoals State Park, Elizabethton
FREE Admission

Come on out for a fun and free dance class where you will learn several 19th-century dances. Beginner and seasoned dancers at both welcome at this event.

Virginia Highland’s Festival

July 21-30, 2023
Abingdon, VA
FREE General Admission

Come celebrate the rich history of Appalachia with over 200 individual events. There will be concerts, arts and crafts vendors, artisan demonstrations, an antique market, history programs, and scrumptious food.

Though general admission is free, some of the individual events do charge an entrance fee.

Sunday Makebreak

July 23, 2023
Michael’s Craft Stores (All Locations)

At this completely free kids’ crafting class, students will create a ruler-themed classroom door sign that they can gift to their new classroom teacher. All supplies are included.

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